Distracted driving an 'epidemic' among young people

WOODBURY - Transportation officials are calling distracted driving among young people an epidemic, and say more must be done to prevent potentially deadly crashes on the nation's roadways.

Studies show drivers under age 25 are 2-3 times more likely to text or email behind the wheel. The consequences can be deadly: just yesterday, a Massachusetts teen was convicted in a landmark case of vehicular manslaughter for texting and causing a fatal crash. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a new plan to stop distracted driving. It calls for more education about the dangers of texting behind the wheel and boosted enforcement from police. LaHood is also concerned about distractions on the dashboard, like built-in GPS devices and other information systems. He's calling for car manufacturers to voluntarily regulate so that such features aren't too distracting.

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